The First Hundred Years project celebrates the past to shape the future for women in law. The year 2019 marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which paved the way for women to become lawyers.
To mark the occasion, Coodes is putting the spotlight on some of its team members to learn more about their experience in the legal profession.
Helen Willett, Partner and Commercial Property specialist, answers a few questions about her career to date.
It was in 1987 after a degree in Chemistry and Philosophy of Science. I just couldn’t see myself working in an industrial lab or being an accountant.
I like the mix of technical detail and commercial deal making. I can advise the client what the legal position is but ultimately it is for the client to decide to take or ignore advice.
It’s a very friendly firm, well embedded in the community.
It was definitely when I was first made up to partner at SJ Berwin, a 140-partner international city practice. The country was in the middle of a recession and there had been very few partner promotions for several years.
When I started work we weren’t allowed to wear trousers or culottes in the office. Just skirt suit and blouse.
Go for it.
Helen Willett is a Partner in Coodes Solicitors’ Commercial Property team.